BlackBerry PlayBook

68
Global
Score
68

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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BlackBerry PlayBook review

Summary

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Pros
  • Responsive performanceStrong enterprise chopsSolid hardware
Cons
  • Occasionally glitchy softwareMissing appsExpensive for a seven-incher
BlackBerry PlayBook review

The words "play" and "book" are a bit of an odd choice for RIM's latest attempt at consumer relevance, a tablet that, at its core, runs one of the most hardcore and industry-friendly operating systems known to man. The OS is QNX and the hardware is, of course, the BlackBerry PlayBook. It's an enterprise-friendly offering that's also out to conquer the consumer tablet ecosphere, hoping to follow in the footsteps of the BlackBerry handsets that have filled the pockets of corporate executives and BBM addicts around the globe.It's something of a serious tablet when compared to the competition running software from Apple and Google and, while it certainly has games, its biggest strengths are rather more boring. It does a really great job at displaying PowerPoint presentations, for example, and has the security chops to keep last quarter's dismal sales figures from falling into the wrong hands. Exciting stuff? No, but useful features for sure, and regardless of whether you find those intriguing or boring this is RIM's seven-inch, Flash-having but 3G-lacking tablet clad in an unassuming but extremely sophisticated exterior. It's what's running behind the glass that disappoints.

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Breakdown

Design and form factor
6.9
Display
7.3
Storage capacity
8.0
Features
6.3
Durability
8.0
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Specs

PlayBook

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Other
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
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Specs

PlayBook

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Other
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
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